Smiley learns that his nemesis, the dreaded Soviet spymaster Karla, has a deep secret hidden involving his personal life. He now attempts to track down certain Russian individuals who could aid him, but they keep disappearing.


Simon Langton


John le Carré (novel), John le Carré (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... George Smiley
Mario Adorf ... Claus Kretzschmar
Eileen Atkins ... Madame Ostrakova
Bernard Hepton ... Toby Esterhase
Beryl Reid ... Connie Sachs
Norma West ... Hilary
Vass Anderson Vass Anderson ... Mr. Carson
Andy Bradford ... Ferguson (as Andrew Bradford)
William Wilde ... 'Blue Diamond' Waiter
Germaine Delbat Germaine Delbat ... Madame La Pierre
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Sergei
Nina Zuckerman Nina Zuckerman ... Art Gallery Receptionist
Robin Langford Robin Langford ... 'Blue Diamond' Receptionist
Jeffrey Kime Jeffrey Kime ... Paris Ambulance Driver
Katherine Erhardy ... Ambulance Driver's Girlfriend (as Catherine Erhardy)


George calls on his now retired former colleague Toby Esterhase who tells him the General approached 2 weeks before his death and asked him to collect a document for him. Toby doesn't think much of the old General or some of his cronies such as Otto Leipzig, a peddler of information, most of it made up. George does remind him however that Otto's information about Moscow Centre, the headquarters of the KGB, was usually first-rate. George also visits Connie Sachs, Mother Russia as she was known before she retired from - or being pushed out of, she would say - the Circus. George wants her memory and she tells him of Otto Leipzig and a ginger-haired Soviet spy called Oleg Kirov, or the Ginger Pig, as Otto called him. They were university students together and unbeknown to Otto then, Kirov was already a spy shopping the more radical students to the authorities. Otto had run into Kirov in Paris struck up a friendship with him but by the time he had set Kirov up for the kill, so to speak, ... Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

15 April 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

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The newspaper article ("Von der Bühne auf die Barrikaden") Smiley uses to conceal the documents he is reading on the train back to Hamburg dates his train journey to the week from October 2nd, 1981 to October 8th, 1981, assuming that Smiley picked up the current issue of the weekly at a newsstand. See more »


Connie Sachs: Oh, stop flirting, George.
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